There are times when a tooth or teeth may need to be removed completely, when no amount of cosmetic or restorative treatments will help. In situations like that, our talented and skilled team at Porter Dental Clinic are the right people to trust. We’ve been helping patients with all sorts of dental needs for years, including tooth extraction.
What does a dental extraction entail?
Depending on your needs, dental extraction may be a quick process. If it’s a baby tooth that just won’t come out or a wisdom tooth removal, we’ve got you covered.
If it’s not a wisdom tooth that needs taken out, the process will likely be fast. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable and experience little to no pain. Wisdom tooth removal requires a little more preparation.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Most humans have four extra teeth in their mouth known as wisdom teeth. They’re the two upper and lower molars at the very back of the mouth.
Some people are fortunate enough to have a mouth with enough room for them. For the most part, they’re just extra teeth that the average human mouth doesn’t need.
The only problem with wisdom teeth has to do with what we mentioned above; usually the patient doesn’t have room for four extra teeth. Wisdom teeth that don’t have space to grow up in line with your other teeth will press up against adjacent teeth, often resulting in inflammation and infection. This can be quite painful.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Patients should consult with their dentist to figure out the state of their wisdom teeth. Often, they can be removed before they pose a serious problem or cause a lot of pain. Once patients have decided they want to take their wisdom teeth out, we schedule extraction appointments.
Patients are always heavily sedated for a wisdom teeth removal procedure. You won’t feel any pain at all. Once the teeth have been extracted, you’ll be given plenty of extra gauze to staunch any bleeding and sent home. Someone will need to drive you back home from the dental office.
The sockets where your wisdom teeth were will need time to heal properly. Over the next few days, you’ll want to avoid eating foods that break into small pieces that can easily get into the spaces between your teeth, like chips or popcorn.
We recommend eating smooth foods like yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes, etc. Steer clear of drinking with straws. The sucking motion can pull at your sockets and reopen the incisions. Recovery usually takes a couple of weeks.
Call our office with any questions or to set up an appointment for an extraction or wisdom teeth removal.